The 5 Best Digital Thermometers


Since the dawn of time, we've had a need to measure temperatures for varying reasons. Today, thermometers still serve the very important purpose of detecting fever and illness in people, especially in children. Modern digital thermometers are faster, more accurate and consistent, and often feature a number of additional features than traditional analog thermometers.

What Is a Digital Thermometer?

A digital thermometer is a device that can read temperature, and uses electronics to provide a digital display and manipulate that information in other ways. Thermometer types will differ in where they are placed to test for temperature (most thermometers will use the mouth, ear, rectum, forehead, or underarm) as well as what bells-and-whistles they might include.

Best 5 Digital Thermometers

ADC ADTEMP V Digital Thermometer

The ADC ADTEMP V Digital Thermometer from the American Diagnostic Corporation is a quick and easy-to-use thermometer for those that want a basic device that will get the job done. The thermometer is suitable for oral, rectal, or underarm use, and users claim that it's capable of providing a reading within about 10 seconds. Top reviews on Amazon also vouch for this thermometer's accuracy.

Currently $10.09 on Amazon

Vicks Baby Thermometer V934

Rectal thermometers are best suited for children under the age of 3, but are less appropriate for older children and adults. The Vicks Baby Thermometer V934 was designed to make taking a child's rectal temperature an easy process for both parents and children.

The ComfortFlex probe is short and flexible, minimizing the chance that you can hurt your child. Finally, this thermometer is quick to provide a reading, with most users reporting a return in about 10 seconds.

Currently $9.99 on Amazon

Braun Thermoscan Ear Thermometer IRT-4520

Experts aren't always the most enthusiastic when it comes to ear thermometers. They are typically harder to use, as it's often difficult to get the position correct. This, in turn, influences the accuracy of the devices. But the Braun IRT-4520 ear thermometer resolves that problem with an indicator light and sound alert that lets you know when it's in the right position.

In addition, its accuracy can be vouched for by professional tests. Finally, it also includes features such as the ability to store up to 8 readings in its memory.

Currently $39.88 on Amazon

Exergen TemporalScanner TAT-2000C

While rectal thermometers are, as a group, more accurate than other thermometers, parents often don't like the invasiveness of them. The Exergen TermporalScanner Temporal Artery Thermometer works by swiping its sensor across the forehead, removing that anxiety from people's concerns.

This thermometer is capable of a 0.4 second rating and is safe for people of all ages. Users do say that it takes a while to get a hang of the swiping motion required to get a reading, but after a while, it becomes a breeze to use.

Currently $27.00 on Amazon

Braun Forehead Thermometer

The Braun Forehead Thermometer has all of the features that people would look for in a forehead thermometer. Its non-invasive sensor is still extremely accurate and returns a reading in just seconds. Additionally, it includes a number of extra features, such as a color-coded screen for immediate fever detection, and a backlight for use in dim light.

Currently $29.88 on Amazon

And those are our recommendations for the best digital thermometers. As always, be sure to check out the Wise Think Buying Calendar to learn when and how to buy just about anything!

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Temporal Artery Thermometer

It would have been great to see a comparison between all these thermometers. Thanks for sharing.